At UN, India cautions Pakistan its forces 'will respond to provocation'

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: In a series of back-and-forth exchanges at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India cautioned Pakistan that its forces are ready and "will respond to provocations" and that firing on innocent civilians will only hamper normalisation of relations.

Responding to Pakistan raising Tuesday the recent exchange of fire along the Line of Control, Indian UN Mission's First Secretary Devesh Uttam said, "Let everyone be assured that our armed forces and paramilitary forces are fully ready and they will respond to provocation."

First Ebola patient diagnosed in US dies

Washington: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US died Wednesday at a hospital in Dallas, a city in the northern part of the US state of Texas, hospital authorities said.

"It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7.51 a.m," Xinhua quoted Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as saying in a statement.


Kenyan president appears before ICC for crimes against humanity

The Hague: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday became the first serving head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 2007-2008 post-election riots in Kenya.

A crowd of supporters and sympathisers received the Kenyan president at the entrance to the ICC, where the prosecution has accused him of five counts of crimes against humanity.

Kenyatta has temporarily handed over power to his deputy, William Ruto, who too faces similar charges at the ICC.


True democracy not about elections but what happens between elections: UN Special Rapporteur

By TCN News,

Mumbai: In a brief and candid interview the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur, Maina Kiai, explains the relatively new and recent mandate, established by the United Nations in 2010 created in recognition of the need to assert the basic democratic rights to peaceful assembly, protest and association, that were being curtailed by states across the world, north and south, democracies and dictatorships.

India adopting Israel model against Pakistan: Bilawal

Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto has accused India of adopting the Israel-model against Pakistan, in an oblique reference to the border firing on the LoC which divides Jammu and Kashmir, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Taking a dig at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bilawal, the son of Pakistan's former president Asif Ali Zardari and assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto, tweeted: "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must realize we can retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat."

US general fears Syrian city will fall to IS

Washington: US Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has said that it is possible that the Syrian city of Kobani, bordering Turkey, could be seized by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the next few days.

"I am fearful that Kobani will fall," said Dempsey in an interview with ABC television aired Tuesday about the offensive that the US-led international coalition is carrying out against the Sunni extremists.

Dempsey said that the IS fighters have been exerting pressure both outside and inside the city, and that Kobani "may be on the verge of falling".

'Ebola in Latin America could cause mass migration to US'

Washington: The head of the US Southern Command, General John Kelly, has said that if Ebola reaches Latin America, especially Central America or countries like Haiti, it could lead to mass migration to the US.

"If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, the countries that we are talking about have almost no ability to deal with it, especially Haiti and Central America," he said at a conference in the National Defense University in Washington Tuesday.


Australia cancels airstrike fearing collateral damage

Sydney: Australian combat jets were pulled out of a potential strike on a moving Islamic State (IS) target in Iraq because of concerns that civilians could be killed, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Defence chiefs revealed in a media briefing Wednesday, that the F-18 Super Hornet pilots stopped pursuing their IS target when it moved into a populated urban area.

"Jet fighters, which were providing air cover to Iraqi forces on the ground Sunday night, put the safety of civilians first," Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, said.

Twitter sues US government over surveillance rights

Washington: Twitter has sued the US government for restricting the microblogging site from sharing online government surveillance reports with its users.

In its 19-page complaint filed in US District Court in California, Twitter stated that the company wants to report data in a way that reflects the “limited scope” of US government surveillance of Twitter accounts.

The government's position, the complaint said, “forces Twitter either to engage in speech that has been pre-approved by government officials or else to refrain from speaking altogether”.


UN Security Council slams attacks on peacekeepers in Mali

United Nations: The UN Security Council Tuesday condemned the targeted attack on peacekeepers in Mali in which one personnel was killed.

The Senegalese peacekeeper was killed when United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal was hit by rocket fire, Xinhua reported.

"The members of the Security Council called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable," said a 15-nation UN body statement.